Hashimoto’s and Graves’ are classified as autoimmune diseases, with Hashimoto’s being the most common.
Many who suffer with these diseases are often told there is no cure and you just need to manage the disease.
But Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm D has a different story.
Here is her theory:
While I have a lot of stories of people who recovered their health though removing reactive foods, and through taking probiotics and supplements, I personally did not get my Hashimoto’s into remission by following those steps.
Chronic infections are the Hashimoto’s triggers that get the least amount of attention, yet identifying and treating them can result in a complete remission of Hashimoto’s.
Molecular mimicry is one of the leading theories of autoimmune disease. In very simple terms, this theory means that our immune system begins to attack our own thyroid gland because we are infected with a pathogenic organism (like a bacteria, parasite or virus), that looks similar to components of the thyroid gland.
Another popular autoimmune theory that explains how infections can trigger autoimmunity is known as the bystander effect theory. This theory proposes that an infection inside the actual target organ leads the immune system to attack the “home’ of the infection. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the infection is inside thyroid cells, and thus the immune system attacks the thyroid gland.
Here is her story:
I found this very interesting. This past week I talked with a functional medicine doctor. As I listed off my symptoms, making reference to the dosage of Armour Thyroid I was taking, the doctor immediately brought up the fact that all my hormones need to work together. He stated that my adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones need to all be balanced for me to feel well. I’m looking forward to the balance!
Also, this week, a story about IBS. Many who suffer with hypothyroidism also suffer with IBS. Here are some herbs and foods that will help ease your symptoms. Hope this helps!